Healthcare Roundup—Lyft hires VP of healthcare; Advocate Aurora Health to raise minimum wage

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Lyft has hired a vice president to oversee the growth of its healthcare business, plus more healthcare headlines. (Praiselightmedia/CC-BY-SA-4.0)

Lyft hires VP of healthcare, solidifying its foray into the industry

Ride-hailing service Lyft has hired an executive to lead its expansion into healthcare.

Megan Callahan will join the company as vice president of healthcare, Lyft announced. Callahan, who served most recently as chief strategy officer at Change Healthcare, will lead the strategic direction and growth of Lyft’s healthcare business.

Lyft currently partners with nine health systems and offers healthcare rides in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Lyft’s main competitor, Uber, has also launched healthcare-focused initiatives. (Announcement)

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University of Wisconsin patient dies of Legionnaire’s disease

A patient at the University of Wisconsin Hospital who developed Legionnaire’s disease has died.

Hospital officials suspect an issue with the facility’s hot water system. Five patients have developed the disease, a form of pneumonia, and are being treated with antibiotics.

Patients at SSM Health are also being treated for the condition, officials said. (WISC)

Advocate Aurora Health plans to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour

Advocate Aurora Health will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next three years, according to a memo from the system’s chief human resources officer, Kevin Brady.

Employees who will receive the raise include housekeeping and food service workers, certified nursing assistants and pharmacy technicians. The system will raise pay to $13 per hour in 2019 and $14 per hour in 2020.

Advocate Aurora Health is raising wages amid a tight labor market. Brady acknowledged those factors in the memo.

“It’s the right thing for our communities and the right thing for our team members,” Brady wrote. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)